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Posted by Mark J. Miller on November 1, 2013 05:48 PM
New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg took cigarette smoking out of the city’s bars and restaurants 10 years ago. Now he’s going to take them right out of the hands of New Yorkers who happen to fall below the age of 21.
The New York City Council voted Wednesday to raise the purchase age for tobacco product to 21. Bloomberg is expected to sign it into law and, once he signs, smokers in their late teens and early twenties will have 180 days to buy up as many cartons as they can before the law goes into effect.
"By increasing the smoking age to 21, we will help prevent another generation from the ill health and shorter life expectancy that comes with smoking," Bloomberg said in a statement on Wednesday, according to CNN.Continue reading...
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Posted by Sheila Shayon on October 25, 2013 11:21 AM
Following its approximately $620 million acquisition last November, Starbucks has opened its first cafe-style Teavana location on Madison Avenue in New York City, betting that the 300-store strong specialty-tea retailer will give the coffee giant a large cut of the $90 billion global tea market.
With tea being the second most-consumed drink after water, Starbucks plans to open at least 1,000 Teavana bars (which differ from retail Teavana shops currently found in shopping malls) in North America in the next five years, as well as expand rapidly worldwide, with an eye first on tea-loving Asia.
“Tea has been a part of Starbucks heritage since 1971, when we were founded as Starbucks Coffee, Tea and Spices," Starbucks chairman and CEO Howard Schultz (who attended the NYC Teavana opening this week, below) commented in a press release, "and this new store concept elevates the tea experience in the same way we’ve done for coffee.”Continue reading...
Posted by Dale Buss on October 16, 2013 05:39 PM
The size and speed of the decline in consumption of Pepsi and even Diet Pepsi in the US market has taken PepsiCo by surprise. Good thing the diversified global snack giant has been able to rely on sales of carbonated soft drinks and other beverages abroad and on improving performance by its Frito-Lay snack business.
Those were among the main takeaways from PepsiCo's earnings report and executive conference call with securities analysts on Wednesday, as CEO Indra Nooyi provided some color behind a mostly positive showing of a 2 percent rise in overall second-quarter revenue, a 35 percent gain in net income including some special factors, and $900 million in productivity gains.
PepsiCo posted strong growth in Asia, the Middle East and Africa across the board and in its Americas-wide snack business. "We have performed well because our portfolio of brands are extensive and strong, our products are on trend and relatedly diverse," Nooyi said on the call. "And we have a broad geographic footprint."Continue reading...
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Posted by Mark J. Miller on September 26, 2013 03:48 PM
After introducing hand-crafted sodas this summer in its cafes, Starbucks must figure why stop there? According to InvestorPlace, the coffe behemoth filed a trademark for "Fizzio," indicating that it would be applied to a carbonation machine, ala SodaStream.
According to the application, the machine will contain “milk-based beverages, coffees, milk-based beverages containing fruit juice, chocolate milkshakes, teas, iced beverages or sparkling water beverages.” But Starbucks' potential machine won't be alone in the fight against SodaStream. One of Starbucks' main competitors (and business partner) Green Mountain, also filed a trademark this summer for a soda-making machine.Continue reading...
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Posted by Dale Buss on September 23, 2013 01:36 PM
While Coca-Cola has never acknolwedged being part of the problem of rising worldwide obesity, it sure is working hard at being part of the solution.
The beverage giant noted today—in a new TV commercial and with a press release—its vast efforts to get people moving during a summer of initiatives linked to a series of grassroots events it kicked off in May, called the Get the Ball Rolling initiative. It extended a broad effort that Coke kicked off in January with a commercial playing down its role in promoting obesity and encouraging physical activity as the most important antidoate to the problem.
Nutritionists are united in believing that caloric inputs are far more important in determining obesity than lack of physical activity per se. But moving around clearly helps offset too much intake, especially in children, so Coca-Cola has focused its Get the Ball Rolling initiatives on kids. Those efforts are highlighted in the new TV ad.Continue reading...
Posted by Sheila Shayon on September 13, 2013 03:58 PM
It’s a campaign so simple, with a product so pure, that the biggest challenge facing it may be keeping its marketing message equally simple.
The Drink Up campaign, formed through a partnership between First Lady Michelle Obama and Partnership for a Healthier America, hopes to encourage the public, especially kids, to drink more plain water.
"Water is so basic, and because it is so plentiful, sometimes we just forget about it amid all the ads we watch on television and all the messages we receive every day about what to eat and drink," Obama said, according to The Huffington Post. "The truth is, water just gets drowned out."
Obama is an honorary chair of PHA, whom she previously partnered with on a music album about getting healthy. The campaign is a natural fit with her continued Let's Move initiative. The campaign will also be supported by a group of beverage partners that will carry the Drink Up logo on hundreds of millions of packs of bottled water and reusable bottles.Continue reading...
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Posted by Mark J. Miller on July 30, 2013 03:42 PM
Michael Bloomberg, the mayor of New York City, has been dealt yet another blow on his warpath to ban oversized, sugary drinks. The four judges from New York state's Supreme Court Appellate Division unanimously ruled Tuesday that the city’s attempt to stop larger-size sodas from being sold in the Big Apple’s restaurants is unconstitutional.
Mayor Bloomberg, who has taken on the cause personally, is prepared to carry on the fight to ban sodas 16 ounces and larger from being sold in NYC eateries. "Today's decision is a temporary setback, and we plan to appeal this decision as we continue the fight against the obesity epidemic," Bloomberg said in a statement.Continue reading...
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Posted by Dale Buss on July 9, 2013 02:41 PM
Starbucks is increasingly looking like a brand that wants every share of stomach it can get from every day part, not just coffee and tea drinkers in the morning and evening. The tendency toward dominance presumably is behind its latest gambit: quietly testing "handcrafted" soft-drink products in some stores in the Atlanta and Austin markets.
The fizzy spiced root beer, ginger ale and a lemon ale are made by baristas with special carbonation machines and are sold at premium Starbucks prices. In some Atlanta locations, for instance, a tall goes for $2.45 while the venti fetches $3.45, USA Today reported.
Starbucks, of course, has spent much of the last few years not only rebuilding its network of outlets but also stocking them with more and more types of beverages and foods that comprise an increasingly broad appeal to US consumers outside of the brand's traditional positioning.Continue reading...